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Startup Types Build Ready-Made Activism

Disparate coders are hacking together protest websites | “We happen to have this extra little bit that we can do”

Vauhini Vara

As it grew clear on election night that Donald Trump would become president, Nick O’Neill, a 32-year-old San Francisco programmer, suddenly got a lot more interested in civic engagement. Even in the internet age, phone calls remain the primary means for constituents to pressure their congressional representatives. O’Neill wanted an easy way to register dissent on a regular basis once Trump began trying to put various elements of his platform into effect.

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